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Why is "serait hantee" in the following paragraph in conditional? Why not present?  

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Tymek
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28 September 2020 23:41  

On affirme que, jusqu’à ce jour, la structure massive serait hantée par le fantôme de Louis d’Estouville, qui commandait la première garnison en 1434. Combattant féroce, Louis d’Estouville aurait conduit au massacre deux mille Anglais pendant la guerre de Cent Ans. Selon la légende, le sable de l’île était rouge du sang anglais versé. On dit que Louis ne cesse d’errer depuis au Mont Saint-Michel.


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29 September 2020 16:02  

The conditional perfect indicates that this is speculation, not fact: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/conditional-perfect/


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Tymek
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7 October 2020 22:05  

Merci beaucoup!


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